Primary care networks build on the core of current primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively care for the people and communities they serve. Where emerging primary care networks are in place in parts of the country, there are clear benefits for patients and clinicians.

Primary care networks are based on GP registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000. They are small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and GPs, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between practices and others in the local health and social care system.

PCN Service Specifications

PCN Funding Streams

7.13A.1.The Contractor must comply with the requirements in clause

7.13A.2 where it is:(a) signed up to the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service Scheme (“the Scheme”); or(b) not signed up to the Scheme but its registered patientsor temporary residents, are provided with services under the Scheme (“the services”) by a contractor which is a member of a primary care network.

7.13A.2.The requirements referred to in clause 7.13A.1 are that the Contractor must:

(a) co-operate, in so far as is reasonable, with any person responsible for the provision of the services;

(b) comply in core hours with any reasonable request for information from such a person or from the Board relating to the provision of the services;

(c) have due regard to the guidance published by the Board;

(d) participate in primary care networkmeetings, in so far as is reasonable;

(e) take reasonable steps to provide information to its registered patients about the services, including information on how to access the servicesand any changes to them; and

(f) ensure that it has in place suitable arrangements to enable the sharing of data to support the delivery of the services, business administrationand analysis activities.

7.13A.3.For the purposes of this paragraph, “primary care network” means a network of contractors and other providers of services which has been approved by the Board, serving an identified geographical area with a minimum population of 30,000 people